Meet Our Staff

SOUTHERN PARTNERS FUND

The staff of Southern Partners Fund represents a talented core of individuals passionate about social justice and enhancing the voice of rural southern grassroots community leaders. SPF’s Executive Director, Fernando Cuevas, has vast experience in both philanthropy and community organizing.

Fernando Cuevas, Jr.

Executive Director

A founding member, Fernando has been with SPF since inception and has served as both a board and staff member. As E.D., Fernando provides leadership in furthering SPF’s vision, resource development plan, and long-range strategy for pursuing its mission. 

 A highly experienced and effective negotiator, Fernando was instrumental in arbitrating for rights between farmworkers, farmers and Campbell Soup, Heinz, Vlasic, Green Bay and Mt. Olive Corporation. He was awarded the Bannerman Fellowship, a year-long paid fellowship award honoring outstanding activists.

Linda J. Norman

Office Manager

Linda serves as SPF’s first point of contact, supports the executive staff, assists in day-to-day operations and helps to staff SPF’s committees. She also provides support to SPF’s staff along with SPF’s working committees. Additionally, Linda helps review, track, and maintain our records and databases.   

Linda received a BA from Beulah Heights Bible College and is certified in paralegal training & law office management. In her spare time, Linda enjoys attending women’s conferences, book clubs and watching black and white films on Atlanta’s Turner Classic Movies station

Daphne Saethang

Finance Director

Daphne firmly believes that numbers can tell a story and has taken that approach in problem solving and achieving goals. Incorporating her love of public service, Daphne has dedicated over 10 years working in finance and operations for nonprofits.

Daphne was born in the Philippines and immigrated to Atlanta where she completed her double BA in Economics and Finance. Daphne has lived in San Francisco and San Diego and is happy to call Atlanta her home again. An avid travel and photography enthusiast, Daphne also lives for matcha ice cream!

 

Antoine Smith

Program Officer

Prior to joining SPF, Antoine worked as a Program Manager and Director for youth programs in Chicago’s inner city for over 10 years. Antoine also taught life skills to middle and high school students for a number of years in the after-school sector.

Antoine enjoys traveling with his family, playing basketball, practicing yoga and helping youth along their journey realize their full potential.

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